Monday, 17 December 2012

Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer #3) by Karen Chance

Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
View our feature on Karen Chance's Embrace the Night. Cassandra Palmer may be the world's chief clairvoyant, but she's still magically bound to a master vampire. Only an ancient book called the Codex Merlini possesses the incantation to free Cassie-but harnessing its limitless power could endanger the world...

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  Embrace the Night by Karen Chance

My rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars

Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Cassie Palmer’ series. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 and 2 ‘Touch the Dark’ and ‘Claimed by Shadow’** (This summary will also make zero sense if you’re not familiar with the story, because it’s complicated!)
Cassie has finally accepted her powers as Pythia, but she still has the problem of the Geis that Mircea originally had cast, but which she inadvertently doubled.

When Rafe (one of Tony’s vampires) shows up and tells her that the Geis is literally killing Mircea, Cassie knows that finding the cure is even more urgent than ever.

What is worrying Cassie though (other than the thought of never finding the counter-spell), is whether or not she can trust John Pritkin – the mage who she has ended up working with. Pritkin says that the codex which possibly contains the counter-spell to the Geis is useless, even though he continues to search, but other sources tell Cassie that Pritkin doesn’t want her to find the codex.

Now Cassie must try to find the codex, and the counter-spell to the Geis, before it’s too late for Mircea, but is the question ‘where’ is the codex?, or ‘when’ is the codex?

Like the previous books in this series, this instalment takes place over a relatively short timescale, and is action packed.
Unfortunately we see very little of Mircea until over half-way into this book, which is a shame because I personally love him! As awful as the consequences of completing the Geis are, I can’t help but want Cassie to throw caution to the wind and jump on Mircea!

Once again, Cassie is in it up to her neck, with very little in the way of defence against the myriad of people who seem to either want something from her, or just want her dead.
Cassie’s new powers as Pythia are still new to her, and she hasn’t worked out her limits yet either. The idea that the Codex might be more accessible in a different time, rather than a different place isn’t one that she works out quickly either.

I have to say that the idea of time travel has always just given me brain ache, but Cassie manages to do it without confusing me too much, which is good because generally the storyline is so complicated in this series that I have trouble enough keeping up without the problems of time travel! Once again, I would recommend that these books are best read in as few sittings as possible, purely to make it easier to keep up with the plotline!

I also didn’t guess the twists at the end either!

Overall; a great third instalment!
7.5 out of 10.


  1. I got lost but the review, I just added it the series to want-2-read!

  2. Happy you like this series. I love this book. Mircea is freakin hot. Chance does time travel well.